Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Odds 2022
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Odds 2022 are out for the new year. The Ravens finished the 2020 season with an 11-5 record and beat the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round of the playoffs before ultimately losing to the Buffalo Bills. Baltimore has made the playoffs in three straight seasons and finished .500 or better in five straight years. Will 2021 finally be the year they get over the hump again in terms of Super Bowl contention?
Over this offseason, the Ravens had a clear directive of improving the team’s pass-catching personnel to help Lamar Jackson succeed as a passer and a runner. Jackson has run for 2,906 yards in his first three professional seasons, the most in NFL history, and the Ravens’ run game is elite with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards flanking him.
Defensively, the Ravens have been one of the best teams in the NFL, and they allowed the 2nd-fewest points per game and the 7th-fewest yards per game last year. If the passing game improves a bit to mesh with an elite run game and defense, the Ravens have a real shot at the Super Bowl.
Baltimore Ravens Team Future Odds
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- To Earn AFC #1 Seed
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The Ravens had a clear mission in the 2021 offseason – to get Lamar Jackson more help in terms of pass-catching. Free agency add Sammy Watkins is coming off a quiet year in Kansas City with just 37 catches for 421 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he’s arguably better than any receiver on the Ravens last year outside of Marquise Brown.
Baltimore also drafted Rashod Bateman out of Minnesota in the first round, and he’s already garnering tons of hype through training camp. Brown, Watkins, Bateman, and Mark Andrews will form a formidable pass-catching group for Jackson this year.
Baltimore had some work to do on its offensive line over the offseason. Orlando Brown requested a trade as he wanted to be moved to left tackle permanently – the Ravens sent him to the Chiefs in exchange for a first-round pick. Baltimore also let D.J. Fluker and Matt Skura walk in free agency.
In comes Kevin Zeitler, an immediate upgrade on the interior, and Alejandro Villanueva, a solid replacement for Brown at right tackle. Ja’Wuan James is coming off a disheartening Achilles tear, but he was a wise, low-risk pickup for this team. Baltimore also used a third-round pick on Ben Cleveland, a potential starter at offensive guard.
In free agency, the Ravens also lost edge rushers Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. With Derek Wolfe, Calais Campbell, Pernell McPhee, and Tyus Bowser still on the roster, Baltimore has some nice edge depth. They also used Kansas City’s first-round pick from the Brown trade on Odafe Oweh. The Penn State product should be a difference-maker right away off the edge.
Baltimore rounded out its draft with Brandon Stephens and Shaune Wade, two cornerbacks who provide much-needed depth behind Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphery as Jimmy Smith is now 33 years old. Tylan Wallace will be an explosive field-stretcher for Baltimore, Daelin Hayes adds some more edge depth, and Ben Mason could play a role in the run game for his new team.
Ravens Odds Analysis
Any discussion of the Ravens’ odds for the 2021 season has to take into consideration their brutal schedule. Based on opponents’ combined 2020 win percentage, the Ravens face the second-toughest schedule in the NFL this year. Only the Steelers face a tougher slate. The Ravens are one of the best teams and are balanced on both sides of the ball, so they should navigate this schedule, but it must be considered.
The AFC North has three strong playoff contenders in the Ravens, Browns, and Steelers. In addition, Baltimore has to play the AFC West, arguably the best division in their conference, and the NFC North, home to the Packers, Vikings, and Bears. With Aaron Rodgers back in town, the Packers will be a tough out for the Ravens. The Vikings have a very balanced roster with great coaching while the Bears’ defense will put pressure on Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens will also be facing other possible playoff teams in the Colts, Dolphins, and Rams. The Colts and Dolphins will depend on the success of their quarterbacks as Carson Wentz and Tua Tagovailoa have a wide range of outcomes while the Rams have arguably the best roster in the NFL top-to-bottom.
In terms of contenders for the Super Bowl in the AFC, the Ravens are clearly a tier below the two-time reigning AFC Champion Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes is in a league of his own in the AFC and he has elite pass-catching talent to back him up in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce with a much-improved offensive line to boot. The Ravens lost to the Bills in the playoffs last year, but they will believe with an improved passing game they can knock off Josh Allen’s team. The Browns stand as a clear contender out of the AFC North, but Baltimore has bested Cleveland in four of the teams’ last five meetings,
Reasons Why the Ravens Win the Super Bowl
It starts with the run game for Baltimore as the Ravens have ranked first or second in the NFL in rushing yards in each of the last three seasons. Lamar Jackson has run for over 1,000 yards in each of the past two years. The backfield is stellar, too, with the two-headed monster of J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, each running for over 5.0 YPC last season. There are very few defenses who can hope to stop this combination of stellar rushing talent, especially with a potentially improved offensive line.
Defensively, the Ravens should be one of the best teams in the NFL yet again this season. Baltimore has finished top three in points allowed per game in each of the past three seasons, and I expect that same result this year. They have one of the best sets of cornerbacks in the NFL with Marlon Humphery, Marcus Peters, and Jimmy Smith and combine that elite secondary with a stout defensive line featuring Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams, and a ton of depth.
Baltimore also has one of the best coaching staff in the NFL. Head coach John Harbaugh is one of the best in the business as he has a career 129-79 coaching record through 13 years with Baltimore. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Don Martindale have emerged as some of the best at their respective jobs.
Reasons Why the Ravens Don’t Win the Super Bowl
Converse to the elite run game, the Ravens’ passing game has been weak in recent years as they had the fewest passing yards in the league last year. Lamar Jackson is a capable passer, but the production just hasn’t been consistent. Baltimore will be hopeful the additions of Watkins and Bateman can help turn that weakness into a strength. However, if the Ravens continue to be a one-dimensional offense, it could spell trouble. It won’t lead to a poor regular season record – they’ve proven they can be an elite regular season team on the back of their run game and defense alone. It will, however, lead to some troubles in the playoffs, particularly if Baltimore has to play from behind.
The other major issue for the Ravens in terms of why they won’t win the Super Bowl is the improving AFC. The Browns look like real contenders with an improved defense and the second year of Baker Mayfield in Kevin Stefanski’s system. The Bills arguably improved Josh Allen’s pass-catching group with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders and a second year for Gabriel Davis. The Chiefs have given Patrick Mahomes the best offensive line of his career. The Steelers have arguably the best defense in the NFL and added Najee Harris to make their offense much less predictable. The AFC is loaded this season and it will be a tough road to the Super Bowl for Baltimore.
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